The Reionization and Transients IR Camera: A High-z GRB Search Machine

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

We propose to build and operate in Cycle 7 the Reionization And Transients InfraRed(RATIR) camera, a simultaneous optical/NIR multi-band imaging camera which will be 100% time-dedicated to the followup of Swift Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs). Through an existing agreement with UNAM, the camera will be housed on the 1.5m telescope at Pedro San Martir in Baja California. With rapid slew capability and autonomous interrupt capabilities, the system will image GRBs in 6 bands (i, r, z, Y, J, and H) within minutes of receiving a Swift position, detecting optically faint afterglows in the NIR and quickly alerting the community to potential GRBs at high (>6-10) redshift.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date11/20/1211/19/13

Funding

  • NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center: $40,000.00

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